Law, Whitaker step up to 'Mambo'


Jude Law and Forest Whitaker are set to topline the futuristic adventure thriller "Repossession Mambo" for Universal Pictures.

Miguel Sapochnik, a one-time storyboard artist, will make his feature directorial debut on the film, which centers on a repo man made up of artificial organs who, after receiving a heart transplant, struggles to make payments and must go on the run from his former partner. Eric Garcia and Garrett Lerner penned the screenplay.

Scott Stuber and Mary Parent are producing through their studio-based shingle.

Universal's Jeffrey Kirschenbaum is overseeing for the studio, which is eyeing a September start date.

Law is no stranger to the sci-fi genre. His credits include "Gattaca," "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" and "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence." The actor, who most recently appeared in "All the King's Men" and "The Holiday," next appears in "My Blueberry Nights," which unspooled in May at the Festival de Cannes.

He is repped by Endeavor and attorney Karl Austen.

Since landing the best actor Oscar this year, Whitaker's WMA agents have signed him to a flurry of deals including roles in "Night Watch" and "The Great Debaters." He is additionally repped by the Collective and attorney Phil Davis.

Sapochnik, who is best known for the acclaimed short "The Dreamer," is repped by Endeavor, manager Seth Jaret and attorney Warren Dern.

Garcia is repped by Endeavor, and Lerner is handled by UTA.